Litchfield, New England
Rock Hall is a delightful country house inn set in acres of pretty gardens with views over the Litchfield Hills, Connecticut. The Somers family have resurrected a listed Addison Mizner-designed house creating a masterpiece in a prime New England location
At a Glance
A lovingly restored Arts & Crafts house originally designed by one of the US most prominent architects
Soak up the serenity of the Litchfield Hills
Equidistant between New York & Boston, 3-hours drive
A comfortable base from which to explore some of New England's prettiest villages and cultural highlights
To start planning your vacation to Rock Hall
The charm of Rock Hall is all about attention to detail, and your wonderfully friendly hosts, the Somers who go out of their way to ensure each and every guest has a fantastic stay.
Rock Hall was originally purchased by the Somers as a weekend retreat from New York having fallen in love with the unique Addison Mizner designed Arts & Crafts house and its stunning location. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places Stella meticulously restored Rock Hall to reflect its turn of the century heritage and has created a unique New England Bed & Breakfast.
Each of the five charming guestrooms, or chambers are individually decorated with hand painted wallpaper, antiques from around the world, deep mattresses and beautiful linens with no expense spared to ensure a restful stay. Some have working fireplaces, others balconies to take in the views over the gardens or pool and all have modern amenities such as flat screen televisions and wi-fi internet access.
The joy of Rock Hall is that guests can be as relaxed or active they choose and we recommend at least a few nights to enjoy it to its full. The lagoon-style pool overlooking the valley is a key draw, as is the tennis court, walking trails around the gardens and forest (this is a great place for birders and keen gardeners). There is a card room and cosy areas to sit back and relax with a good book and glass of wine. Massages and treatments can be arranged in the small relaxation room or in-room, there is an exercise room with antique rowing machine as well as a billiard room and games room.
Rock Hall is just a few miles from the beautiful Algonquin State Park and Charles Arnold Recreation Area with its lakes, reservoirs, mountains and waterfalls with opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, rafting, skiing, spelunking, outdoor ropes courses and zip lines.
The Litchfield Hills & Southern Berkshires are also awash with culture. Norfolk, the neighboring village hosts an annual summer Chamber Music Festival and in Colebrook you find Connecticut's equivalent of Glyndebourne with opera at Infinity Hall. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, Tanglewood and the dance festival Jacob's Pillow are in nearby Lenox.
Breakfast, which is served in the formal dining room is a feast, from Michael's home-smoked fish and gravadlax, to fresh fruits and yogurt, daily frittatas and locally produced cheese, breads and cakes. Lunch is usually by the pool with a nod to the Mediterranean - a refreshing bowl of gazpacho or vichyssoise, with fresh fruit or salad. Rock Hall is a B&B rather than full service hotel with a restaurant, however there are plenty of restaurants in the surrounding region, as close as Colebrook and Norfolk just a few miles away or further afield in Litchfield or Lenox, some of New England's prettiest villages.
Rock Hall has five spacious guest rooms or 'chambers' which have been exquisitely decorated to reflect the house's Arts & Crafts heritage with hand-painted wallpapers, antiques and in Chamber 2 an original Victorian 'power' shower. The rooms have views of either the gardens, forest or swimming pool. Some rooms feature a queen bed, others a king bed but they all have luxurious bedding to ensure a restful night's sleep as well as en-suite bathrooms, wifi and flat screen TVs. Four of the rooms have cosy fireplaces and two have balconies with lovely views of the surroundings.
Four-poster king bed
There are no specific children's facilities at Rock Hall, however there is plenty to keep active children of all ages happy.
The Mediterranean inspired breakfast at Rock Hall is a treat with light- as-air frittatas, local breads, cakes, jams and granola - this is seasonal bounty at its best. For lunch light bites, fresh soups and fruit are served and in the late afternoon enjoy a selection of tempting cocktails and canapés. Although there is no evening meal option at Rock Hall, there are plenty of local restaurants within a 25-minute drive.
The hotel also has charming gardens, a 75ft heated lagoon-style pool and Jacuzzi, a tennis court, fitness room, a library and a private movie theater with popcorn machine.
Rock Hall can organize relaxing and re-energising massages and treatments either in the guestrooms or in the treatment room itself. Yoga and pilates classes are also available.
There are many seasonal activities available at Rock Hall. During the winter you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or on sleigh rides. During the warmer months of the summer, you can go berry picking, kayaking, play a spot of tennis, swim in the 75 foot heated lagoon-style pool or just relax in the charming grounds. In the autumn, you can do some apple picking, go on some beautiful walks and hikes through the autumnal foliage as well as kayaking and tennis.
Throughout the year, you can indulge in spa treatments, benefit from some yoga or personal training sessions, go hiking or cycling or take part in a mixology class.
Rock Hall is in a prime location for lovers of the Arts particularly in the summer months. Nearby destinations include the outdoor music venue Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow dance festival both in Lenox, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, The Litchfield Jazz Festival, Infinity Hall with live music in a 1880's opera house in Norfolk and the Mark Twain House in Hartford.
Location & Directions
Litchfield, New England
Rock Hall is located in Colebrook Connecticut, surrounded by the beautiful rolling Litchfield Hills and the lush forests of the Southern Berkshires and within easy driving of charming New England villages.
When to go
Fall is Litchfield's most glorious season, though spring and summer are pleasant as well. Weather usually remains warm throughout September, while cooler temperatures in October bring out the colorful foliage. Winter lasts too long for most people's tastes, stretching from December to April. During this period, visitors can expect temperatures below freezing and plenty of snow.